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JA Day at Sto-Rox Upper Elementary

Hosted by: Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania

May 23 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Junior Achievement (JA) is a youth development organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in our global economy. JA's vision is to empower young people to own their economic success. Junior Achievement (JA) is the world's largest organization devoted to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. In partnership with business and educators, JA brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential and preparing them for the world of work.

Junior Achievement will implement its programs at Sto-Rox Upper Elementary School on May 23 during the school day. The JA programs will be taught by volunteers from Starbucks.

The elementary school programs include six sequential themes for kindergarten through fifth-grade students.  Students learn the basic concepts of business and economics and how education is relevant to the workplace.  The sequential activities build on studies from each preceding grade and prepare students for secondary school and lifelong learning.

In middle school, volunteers help students learn the relationship between school and the world of work, as well as personal economic information and how to prepare for jobs. Students also engage in experimental activities that explore the issues that lead to dropping out of school, and the financial, social and personal costs of not graduating.

The specific JA programs that will be taught at Sto-Rox Upper Elementary are the following:

JA Ourselves® introduces students to personal economics and the choices consumers make to meet their needs and wants. Students learn about the role of money in society and gain practical information about earning, saving, and sharing money. Five volunteer-led sessions required. Recommended for kindergarten.

JA Our Families® introduces students to the concepts of families, neighborhoods, money, and needs and wants. Students explore the ways in which businesses provide goods, services, and jobs for families. Five volunteer-led sessions required. Recommended for first grade.

JA Our Community® teaches students about work readiness and how citizens benefit from and contribute to a community’s success. Five volunteer-led sessions required. Recommended for second grade.

JA Our City® teaches students the characteristics of cities, the importance of economic exchange, and how people and businesses in cities manage their money. Students apply money-management strategies to personal and business accounts. Five volunteer-led sessions required. Recommended for third grade.

JA More than Money® teaches students about money-management, goods and services, and global markets. Students learn a practical approach to starting a business and making smart decisions about managing money. Five volunteer-led sessions required. Recommended for third, fourth, and fifth grades, in-school or after-school.

JA Our Region® introduces students to the concept of entrepreneurship. Students are provided with a practical approach to starting a business. Five volunteer-led sessions required. Recommended for fourth grade.

JA Our Region® has blended components (online instruction taught by a volunteer).

All JA Blended Learning programs are taught by a trained mentor who brings lessons to life by using their own experiences combined with JA’s proven turn-key standards-aligned curriculum.

JA Our Nation® provides students with practical information about the U.S. free market system and how it serves as an economic engine for businesses and careers. Students examine the need for entrepreneurial and innovative thinking to meet the requirements of high-growth, high-demand careers in a global business economy. This program introduces students to STEM and its concepts. Five volunteer-led sessions required.

Optional: Sixth session supplement. Recommended for fifth grade.

We will invite members of the community to observe the JA programs.




May 23
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Event Category:
Secondary Themes:
Appropriate grade level:
Grades 3-5|Grades 6-8
Professional Development Opportunity:


Amanda Laichak
412-208-4747 ext. 133
Collaborating Organization(s):
Sto-Rox Upper Elementary School Starbucks


Sto-Rox Upper Elementary School
Allegheny County
298 Ewing Rd
McKees Rocks, PA 15136 United States
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